While self-confidence may seem to come naturally to certain individuals, it’s actually a quality that can be developed by anyone.
Possessing confidence is beneficial for numerous reasons, and it’s a key component of success. Why? It facilitates a strong, adaptive mindset, it encourages risk-taking behaviour and it allows you to think and act differently without being constrained by fear of how others might judge you.
Self-confidence gives you the strength to believe in your abilities and performance, which will bring you closer to your goals.
Here are some things you can practice to build your self-confidence:
Act with confidence
Your body language can help demonstrate confidence and certainty; present yourself in a way that shows you can take command of any situation. Stand up straight with your shoulders back and your head held high (but not too high).
People pay attention to a speaker who can communicate clearly, and in a steady, rhythmic tone. Practice talking to others in a concise manner, and avoid nervous chatter or laughs in your speech.
Doing new things can be scary, but it is a great way to build your confidence. Charting unfamiliar territory will force you to develop new skills and you might find an activity or talent that you’re really good at.
Most people impose constraints on their thinking when faced with a problem; time, money and lack of skill are all common barriers. Instead of focusing on what you can’t do, use your creativity to find a solution that you can use. Be bold and think big! Your peers will be impressed by your courage and tenacity.
Always prepare for a big project, meeting or interview. Anticipate the “what ifs”, and have answers for questions or issues that might come up. Don’t let small, avoidable things catch you off guard.
Helen Marie Fox is a health and performance coach who has helped hundreds of individuals and groups perform at their best. Her strategic approach to goal achievement leaves people armed with the knowledge, skills and essential mindset required to create change. Read more.